Black Lives Matter.

June 5, 2020

Dear WPCR Community,

WPCR unequivocally affirms that Black lives matter. We are outraged and deeply saddened by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) who have been victims of state-sponsored violence and murder. We condemn these acts of racial terrorism, and recognize the long history of systemic racism that undergirds policing in this country.

We stand in solidarity with our BIPOC friends, colleagues, family members, and communities against all forms of white supremacy. Our objective in WPCR is to move from talk to action. We call upon each of us in the larger WPCR community to hold ourselves accountable for taking action in this moment. If you can amplify your action plan, now is the time to do it. If you have completed your original action plan, now is the time to commit to further action.

In the near future, we will be posting opportunities for coming together as a community to take action. We look forward to you joining us.

In solidarity,

White People Challenging Racism

Upcoming Workshops

Summer 2020

ONLINE: July 8-August 5
  • Arlington Community Education, 617-547-6789
  • 5 Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30p, July 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5
  • Register here
  • Facilitators: Melanie Roche-Laputka & Karen Blumenfeld
  • Read their profiles on our Facilitators page
  • $150 covers all 5 sessions and materials
  • Questions? contact Karen Blumenfeld
ONLINE: July 11-25
  • Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 617-800-4245
  • 3 Saturdays, 9:30a-1p plus 2 Thursdays 7-9p, July 11, 18, 25, 30, Aug. 6
  • Register here
  • Facilitators: Shannon Fuller & Michelle Chalmers
  • Read their profiles on our Facilitators page
  • $90 covers all 3 sessions and materials
  • Questions? contact Shannon Fuller at

Due to the rare circumstances of COVID 19 and physical distancing, this three-week workshop modifies the workshops WPCR has provided for the past twenty years at CCAE and is for the sole purpose of an online platform trial.  No decision about future online offerings has been made by WPCR leadership at this time.

Given the Covid-19 virus, WPCR II has been postponed. We look forward to holding it at a future date.

Description of WPCR II:

We’ll use similar methods to expand upon the groundwork laid in Part 1, digging deeper into the four I’s of oppression and intersectionality. Participants will develop small group historical grounding presentations that explore a particular person, event, or historical movement that will help anchor our understanding of white supremacy, and inform our action plans. Participants should bring their action plans from Part 1, or new action plans they are working on; we will use the classroom for feedback and support. This workshop is highly participatory and includes reading and reflection assignments between sessions. Prerequisite: WPCR Part 1.

White People Challenging Racism: 20th Anniversary Symposium Recap

The WPCR 20th Anniversary Symposium was a great success!  Please check out the recap published on the Cambridge Center for Adult Education’s website here.

Local Workshop Teaches White People How To Combat Racism

Brookline Patch

Understanding My White Privilege

WPCR facilitators thoughts and writings

I’M AFRAID OF WHITE WOMEN by Michelle Chalmers

Why We Don’t Wear Mohawks: A Conversation about Who We are and Cultural Appropriation with My 7-Year Old  by Lisa Graustein

Is primary process irrelevant or is it systemic racism? by Anne Romney

White Lies We Tell Our Children by Colin Stokes  (and the TED Talk of the same name)